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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by RedSquirrel » Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:17 am

Hi,

Is there an online VIN plate decoder? I can't find anything after a look see around the site and Google.

I'm interested to see what I can learn about my project, and in addition get my red colour right (currently painted black over the top).

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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by scimjim » Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:18 am

The 5 series has a chassis number, not a VIN. it only shows a sequential build number.


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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by RedSquirrel » Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:37 am

Hi Jim,

I my SE5a plate has chassis, engine, and 3J12 (just after the Reliant heading) all stamped in. Then on the plate's top right hand corner a print formated number. I was told the build details could be gleaned from at least the chassis number.

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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:01 pm

RedSquirrel wrote:Hi Jim,

I my SE5a plate has chassis, engine, and 3J12 (just after the Reliant heading) all stamped in. Then on the plate's top right hand corner a print formated number. I was told the build details could be gleaned from at least the chassis number.

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George
No, as Jim says, there are no build details like colour, interior trim etc., recorded, the chassis no is simply a numerical sequence number (as is the engine no).


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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by RedSquirrel » Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:09 pm

Thanks guys, I must have been misled. Happy to be learning.

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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:13 pm

No worries :) As stated earlier, the *chassis number* is definitely just a sequential number, and the "conventional wisdom" says that's all you've got.
*However*, the other number that you mentioned (3J12) has been niggling at me this afternoon - I've been painting a garage, which is the kind of job which gives your mind plenty of time to wander onto other things :lol:
Following the format used in the later Se6-on chassis numbers, 3J12 could translate into a build date of September 1973 (3J), and a paint colour of Festival Red (12) (I'm not sure what that colour actually looks like, or when it was available). That's all very speculative, but looks as though it might make sense. So that raises two questions:

1. What is the date of first registration and build date (may only be year) for your car, from the V5?

2. Has anyone else out there with a 5-series got a code like that on the chassis plate, and if so do the numbers on it make any sense in relation to the build date and original colour (where known)?

Maybe Reliant could have started to phase-in some coding earlier? or maybe I've been sniffing too much paint? :lol:


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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:36 pm

I am told by a very knowledgeable man that Reliant included a 'run date' on some plates which identify the date on which the engine was test run and that this is effectively the nearest you will get to the build date for the car. I don't know how to decode this, but have no reason not to trust what I have been told. Perhaps that is what this is; does anyone else have such a number or know anything?


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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by RedSquirrel » Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:04 am

Thanks Roger, I've just looked at another one which is 1K20. I'll post an update from my V5 later today, but I think you are spot on. Thank you.

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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by RedSquirrel » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:33 am

From the V5.... date of registration 1st May 1974.

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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by rkclodhopper » Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:36 am

Roger Pennington wrote:No worries :) As stated earlier, the *chassis number* is definitely just a sequential number, and the "conventional wisdom" says that's all you've got.
*However*, the other number that you mentioned (3J12) has been niggling at me this afternoon - I've been painting a garage, which is the kind of job which gives your mind plenty of time to wander onto other things :lol:
Following the format used in the later Se6-on chassis numbers, 3J12 could translate into a build date of September 1973 (3J), and a paint colour of Festival Red (12) (I'm not sure what that colour actually looks like, or when it was available). That's all very speculative, but looks as though it might make sense. So that raises two questions:

1. What is the date of first registration and build date (may only be year) for your car, from the V5?

2. Has anyone else out there with a 5-series got a code like that on the chassis plate, and if so do the numbers on it make any sense in relation to the build date and original colour (where known)?

Maybe Reliant could have started to phase-in some coding earlier? or maybe I've been sniffing too much paint? :lol:
Roger
My 5a has a first registered date of 3rd April 73 and chassis number 932111along with 2M21on the plate. Reliant colour code 21 is Florida green but when I stripped the car right back for a repaint the only trace of original colour was dark blue.

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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by 63CPE » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:52 pm

Hi Jim,

I've acquired an SE5 mid March and brought it back to my place in Almere, The Netherlands. I also joint the dutch noggin (Dutch Scimitar Owners Club, Thomas Touw etc.) and like to share the information about this car:

Registration: Used to be ROB531G

Chassis Number: 450274

Engine Number: 653577

Body colour : red

Year of manufacture: 1969

Any modifications?
(different wheels, sunroof, audio upgrades, different engine etc, etc): Uprated engine, got a hotter cam and 3rd overbore pistons and cylinder

or any stories about your car? I'm actually looking for more information about the car. I learned this car was used for hillclimbs, but do like to find more info on this car.

If you get a photo of the car, please pass that on too so I can add a photo to the record.
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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by 1969SE5 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:19 pm

hi, i have been distracted by another SE5 !! a project beyond economical salvation, but rich source of spares, collecting this Friday with V5, reg is ELL300J some shade of blue with black interior. can send you pics and chassis number if not a known scimmy !!
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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by briankenyon » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:44 pm

hi, purchased JFE 942G unfortunately beyond repair
not sure if its on register,
sorry this will another lost but hope it helps to keep others on road
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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by dille » Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:59 am

Hi Jim,

My name is Stephanie and I would like to give you some Information of my scimitar and maybe you can help me as well.

I bought my SE5a in April 2015 near Birmingham and drove it to Germany. Since there I am restoring it completly and nearly original. The Frame needed to be welded and so on... Now I would like to bring the engine to the Garage to modernize the seals. But I am not sure if the engine is a Ford Essex V6 or not.

Here are some Facts of the car:

Chassis No. 453990

Engine No. SC4705

Registration YFM 96L

Colour Nevada yellow

Year of manufacture should be 1971. But I think the SE5a was built since 1972. But it Looks like a SE5a. I am i bit confuesed :wink:

I am looking for your answer.

Thanks
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Re: SE5/5a Register

Post by philhoward » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:02 am

I used to own #453936 which was built in October 1972 (I think), so yours will be a 1972 build. "L" registration means it was registered between August 1972 and July 1973


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